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Sycamore Gap, The Tree

I recall painting a watercolour of this tree in snow as a Christmas Card for the Marie Curie Cancer fund over 10 years ago. This stretch of Hadrian’s Wall is bleak but spectacular in its barreness and stark beauty.

Sycamore Gap is also known as Robin Hood’s Tree for its appearance in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner.

I’ve since painted the famous tree of the year again in winter sunlight. My viewpoint is taken from the Military Road which shows the tree of the year nestling in the famous gap in the wall. Sunlight is catching the clouds behind and creating an overall feeling of warmth to the painting.

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The Jester, Venetian Carnival

The Venetian Carnival is a spectacle of colour, costume and characters from Venice's past. I've witnessed it on several occasions and sketched the almost theatre like activity.

"The Jester" posed for me at the end of a gondola jetty in the cold wintery Venetian fog. 

This original painting is also available as a limited edition print.

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The Response

A Painting of  “The Response” is a very moving World War One Grade II memorial commissioned by Sir George Renwick, a local ship owner who gave the memorial to the city to commemorate the raising of the World War I Commercial Battalions of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and also to celebrate the safe return of his five sons from the Great War.

The more personal aspect of my painting of “The Response” is the group of figures on the right. I’ve painted myself, my daughter Louise and her children Ewan and Anya.

The last soldier behind Louise is my Great Grandfather Thomas Reed who served in the conflict. He was shot in the chest but miraculously survived the Great War.

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The Royal Pump Room, Harrogate

The Royal Pump Room is a Grade II listed building in Harrogate. It was formerly a spa water pump house. Today it houses the town's museum.

In this watercolour I've retained the pools of autumnal light falling oin the warm stone that I had captured in a sketckchbook watercolour painted on location one afternoon.

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Theatre Royal in the Rain

A simple but moody painting of Grey Street in Newcastle.

The figures are the main point of interest with the Theatre Royal adding architectural weight to the composition.

I've used a very limited palette of Raw Sienna and Lamp Black with just a touch of Cadmium Red for the post box to lift the painting from being drab.

The dark ominous sky is reflected in the glistening pavement, enhanced by the figures reflections.


Theatre Royal, Winter

One of 3 original watercolours commissioned by the Cyrenians which were published as charity christmas cards.

Working accross the North East and York the Cyrenians is one of the country's leading and most progressive homlessness charities.

This carefully thought out original watercolour has been painted using over fifty shades of grey to convey the stark bleakness of winter in the North East.

However, the dash of red for my granddaughter's coat as she braves the elements, holding her grandmother's hand, offers both a focal point to the painting and a sense of good things to come.

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Todi, Umbria

On our painting holidays in Italy we take our guests to the various hilltop towns that are a feature of Umbria near Perugia.

This watercolour was inspired by a sketchbook watercolour painted on location in a picturesque town called Todi which we have been to on a number of occasions.

Using a combination of the sketch, a simple pen drawing and photographs I decided to paint the scene as a larger A4 watercolour painting on hand made deckled edged paper.

You can watch a video of how I painted the watercolour here on YouTube.


Two Dhows, Oman

When we first visited Oman in 2007 we were fortunate to go on a day trip to the coastal town Sur, famous for its dhow building. I recall doing a couple of sketchbook watercolours of these distinctive sailing vessels in the heat of the day, the high sun catching the top of the clouds.

These studies of dhows became the inspiration for a number of studio paintings including one on gold leaf and this watercolour.

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Tyne Bridge and Quayside

In 2017 I received a commission to do a very large oil painting of the Angel of the North. The Angel’s wings were coated with 22 carat gold leaf. 

My client loves his painting and once he received it we discussed a second commission to go alongside the Angel, this time of the Tyne Bridge.

I've decided to do a smaller preparation painting in oils with gold leaf to make sure that everything is going to work out in terms of colour, composition and where on the painting to apply the gold leaf.

You can watch a short video on YouTube of me painting some of the details of the Tyne Bridge, quayside Painting.

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